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Billy Crystal weighs in on Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards, and the 74-year-old comedian said nothing when describing what he said.
During an appearance on Bob Costa’s HBO Max show “Back on the Record”, Crystal said that what “King Richard” did to physically confront Rock was “attacking.”
“It simply came to our notice then. It was an attack, “said Crystal.” I have experience. I’ve hosted three Grammys and I’ve been thrown out. “
Crystal, who has been MC nine times at the Academy Awards, said there was a way to go about hosting a high-profile awards show.
“Inside [Oscars] Pre-production, amazing Gil Cats, we’ll cross – he was the producer for six of the nine – we’ll go through the rundown and I’ll say, ‘Maybe I should be there because something could happen. If that person wins, I should follow suit. “
Almost everyone around the world is worried about the slap heard around the world, including Oscar co-host Amy Schumer, who recently recalled Smith’s Oscar win and slapping on stage behind “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen”.
“I was behind the stage, and I knew I had to get out. I was the only host of sorts going after her alone, so it really felt like a comedy situation room, “he shared.” We all watched the monitor, and then he won, like everyone else, we were just on the floor. And I just thought, ‘What am I going to do when I get there?’
Schumer was one of three female co-hosts at the awards show, and for the first time since Jimmy Kimmel hosted the show in 2018. Kevin Hart was named the frontman of 2019, but was dropped after a series of inappropriate tweets from the past resurfaced. The event had no hosts in 2019, 2020 or 2021. And, of course, Crystal had something to say about the unhosted event.
“I set myself up to host the show, really host the show, so you can tie it together,” he explained. “So, every time I see a show that it’s a no-host show, yeah, it’s gotten faster, but there’s no one who has the responsibility to capitalize on something and give the audience that feeling.”
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